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May 2021 - Ideas for Every Day

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It’s almost May! How is your April going so far? I have some yardwork out there that’s calling my name that I keep ignoring. What are your feelings on yardwork? Do you love it or hate it? May’s the month in school where kids literally taste the end coming. The scent in the air changes, energy levels rise, and teachers turn to their ultra-fun, secret lesson plans to keep them going. What is your favorite end of year activity? Skip forward to our favorite five activities for the month of May now, if you’d like. We’re back with an Idea for Every Day. If you need some help coming up with activities to keep your learners engaged, we have a few for you. We’ve paired daily holidays with learning and family activities for you to complete with your Preschool to Sixth grade learners. Take your pick from this interactive calendar or  download your own. Or print a blank one off ( Bible verses or inspirational quotes ) and take notes on the days of interest to you. (Of course, you co

ABC Nature Walk: R is for River Otter

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A Wolfe Stew Review of Calvin Gets the Last Word

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    While Calvin may get the last word, you’ll get the last laugh. This book brings you to unexpected places in memorable ways. An engaging involvement in word collection woven into a relatable story. After reading, you’re likely to start thinking of the words you use in a different way. As always, I’ll alert you to potential spoilers with asterisks surrounding the header.   Target Audience Leaders of learners looking to excite vocabulary interest and for anyone who is part of a family.  Wolfe Stew believes this book is a great read aloud option for ages 6 to 8 with independent reading encouraged for 8-10 . Calvin Gets the Last Word  (as of May 5, 2021) does not yet have a Lexile or AR Level . The author’s (Margo Sorenson) website lists it suited for ages 4-9 . Amazon lists it as appropriate for grades 2-6 (approximately ages 7-12 ). Leader/Learner Summaries Print these pictures. Then, display the "learner" card on a suggested reading bulleting board a

ABC Nature Walk: S is for Starfish

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Wisdom from Ants - Communication is a Responsibility

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King Solomon left crumb trails for us to follow in Proverbs. Each Proverb is its own feast, full of wisdom to nurture our souls - if we allow it. Lately, I've been living as an ant: scouring to store away each crumb left behind in an effort to improve myself. Here, I invite you in on that journey; we're marching two-by-two afterall.  Related posts cover why Solomon chose an ant as a role model, an interpretation of an ant’s life , an invitation to accept that we are all sluggards , and an application piece inspired by Solomon’s words . If you’d like, and haven’t yet, consider checking them out. However, this post serves well as a stand alone if you’re ready to improve your communication skills with help from an ant. The most recent crumb I'm digesting is to: We all know communication is important to building relationships. How many times does a relationship struggle due to communication? But as an ant, relationships do not struggle from failures in communication. No, as a

The Secret Steps of Mashed Potatoes

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 If you've been around the Wolfe Stew for long, you know we love potatoes. We've even challenged you with ten potato facts  in this post. And, as a bonus, share with you a quick and easy way to enjoy this nutritionally controversial vegetable.  Today, we continue sharing our love of potatoes by letting you in on some secret steps we learned regarding the making of mashed potatoes. And, we'd love you to share your secrets, too - if you're willing that is. Just comment at the end of this post with your top mashed potato making secrets. Or, if you only want to share with us, shoot us an email: mr@wolfestew.com or mrs@wolfestew.com. Mashed potatoes: comforting, versatile, and creamy, yet deceivingly simple to make. I say this from experience. As a new teacher and newly wed, my first mashed potatoes recipe resided on the back of an Idahoan potato pouch . (View Idahoan products , if you'd like) They are consistently good, quick to make, come in many varieties, and condu

ABC Nature Walk: V is for Vultures

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